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Living a healthful life

The Seventh-day Adventist Church recognizes the autonomy of each individual and his or her God-given power of choice. Rather than mandating standards of behavior, Adventists call upon one another to live as positive examples of God’s love and care.

Part of that example includes taking care of our health—we believe God calls us to care for our bodies, treating them with the respect a divine creation deserves. Gluttony and excess, even of something good, can be detrimental to our health.

Adventists believe the key to wellness lies in a life of balance and temperance. Nature creates a wealth of good things that lead to vibrant health. Pure water, fresh air and sunlight—when used appropriately—promote clean, healthy lives.

Exercise and avoidance of harmful substances such as tobacco, alcohol and mind-altering substances lead to clear minds and wise choices. A well-balanced vegetarian diet that avoids the consumption of meat coupled with intake of legumes, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables, along with a source of vitamin B12, will promote vigorous health.

Such health is a gift from a loving God who wants us to live life in its abundance. When we benefit from such love, we feel a sense of gratitude and appreciation toward our creator.

Because of this, Adventists choose to praise God with joyful living.

Adventist bikers hold health fair at national event

Adventist bikers hold health fair at national event

From April 20 to 22, more than 20,000 people participated in the 22nd National Meeting of Motorcyclists, held in Artur Nogueira, in the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. The event brought more than 200 motorcycles and attracted people who are...

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European Health Conference tackles reversing disease with LifeStyle Medicine

European Health Conference tackles reversing disease with LifeStyle Medicine

More than 640 medical professionals, dentists, chaplains, health educators and students came together April 17-21 for the second European Health Conference in Bucharest, Romania. The conference theme, “Reversing diseases with Lifestyle Medicine,”...

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School of Dentistry faculty members on a mission

School of Dentistry faculty members on a mission

Two Loma Linda University dentists teamed up for the sixth year in a row to bring healthy smiles to the underserved children and families of Trona, California.​ Gary Kerstetter, DDS’82, who serves as the director of service learning in the office of...

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Eyes for India team bring sight to the blind in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

Eyes for India team bring sight to the blind in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

It Is Written’s Eyes For India team was recently invited to a Hindu temple to open the eyes of blind people. From Jan. 3-17, 2018, the medical team conducted cataract eye surgeries in the remote forest village of Hardiakol, district...

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In Puerto Rico, Adventist University inaugurates new health sciences simulation center

In Puerto Rico, Adventist University inaugurates new health sciences simulation center

Antillean Adventist University (AAU), an institution operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Puerto Rico, recently inaugurated a new Health Sciences Simulation Center. The state-of-the-art center will benefit future health care professionals...

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The government of Minsk invited Adventists to hold Health Fair

The government of Minsk invited Adventists to hold Health Fair

The city of Veterens Palace in Minsk had been asking the Adventist Church, through the Adventist and Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), to hold a health fair in the capitol city of Belarus. Finally their wish came true. On March 15,...

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Our beliefs

Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

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